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Earliest meeting: Monday 11th August 1755
Final meeting: Thursday 14th August 1755
The Irish racecourse at the town of Baltinglass, on the River Slaney, was in the south west of County Wicklow and entertained a town with a population of just over 2,000. In the mid-1700s it held its own race meetings, the first of which was a four day meeting from Monday 11th to Thursday 14th August 1755 with results recorded in the ‘Historical List of Horse Races and Matches run in 1755’. On the opening day the £40 five and six year old Plate was won by Mr Warren’s chestnut horse, but the race was remarkable because it attracted a field of 14 which was very large at this time, including unplaced horses owned by Sir Warren Crosby, Captain Archer, Colonel Stratford and Dr Medlicot. The next day the £40 Purse went to Mr French’s Robin Rusty Coat, with the Hunter’s Plate going to Mr Newenham’s Wrangler.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Sir Warren Crosby, Captain Archer, Colonel Stratford, Dr Medlicot
Principal Races Baltinglass £30 Hunters Plate, Baltinglass £40 5 & 6 year old Stakes

11th August 1755

Baltinglass £40 5 & 6 year old Stakes
1. Unnamed chestnut horse owned by Mr Warren
2. Unnamed brown horse owned by Mr Archdall
3. Sportsman, grey horse owned by Mr Reyl
It was remarkable, at this time in history, that the race attracted a field of 14, including unplaced horses owned by Sir Warren Crosby, Captain Archer, Colonel Stratford and Dr Medlicot.

12th August 1755

Baltinglass £40 Purse
1. Robin Rusty Coat, bay horse owned by Mr French
2. Unnamed bay gelding owned by Mr Miller

13th August 1755

Baltinglass £30 Hunters Plate
1. Wrangler, bay horse owned by Mr Newenham
2. Unnamed bay mare owned by Mr Lowther
3. Unnamed grey horse owned by Mr Norman

14th August 1755

Baltinglass £50 Purse
1. Munster Lass, mare owned by Mr Dougherty
2. Unnamed black horse owned by Mr Archdale
3. Unnamed bay gelding owned by Mr Moloy

The final meeting took place on Thursday 14th August 1755.
Course today

Over good hunting country on the edge of the town.

If you have photos, postcards, racecards. badges, newspaper cuttings or book references about the old course, or can provide a photo of how the ground on which the old racecourse stood looks today, then email

Much of the information about this course has been found using internet research and is in the public domain. However, useful research sources have been:-

London Illustrated News

Racing Illustrated 1895-1899

The Sporting & Dramatic Illustrated

Northern Turf History Volumes 1-4 by J.Fairfax-Blakeborough

The Sporting Magazine

A Long Time Gone by Chris Pitt first published in 1996 ISBN 0 900599 89 8

Racing Calendars which were first published in 1727

ISBN 978-0-9957632-0-3

652 pages

774 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-1-0

352 pages

400 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-2-7

180 pages

140 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-3-4

264 pages

235 former courses

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